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WA House, Senate continue budget and tax talks

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Chris Gregoire says she'll know by the end of the day if lawmakers are going to make their deadline to resolve the state's budget deficit.

Gregoire said Wednesday that she met with Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, who left with a compromise tax plan to discuss with their respective caucuses. Gregoire didn't offer details.

Democratic leaders have struggled to agree on a revenue package to help balance the state budget's projected $2.8 billion deficit through June 2011.

The last significant movement came Monday, when Senate Democrats offered a new proposal that hiked taxes on mass-market beer, but kept an increase in the state sales tax.

House officials and Gregoire have been firm in their opposition to a sales-tax increase.

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